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Petr Popelka conducts new Elektra in Oslo

On 21 January, Petr Popelka conducts the premiere of the new production of Richard Strauss’ Elektra at Oslo Opera, directed by Ole Anders Tandberg.

The music of Richard Strauss occupies a central place in Popelka’s career: for ten years he was a member of the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, which premiered no fewer than 9 operas by Strauss at the Semperoper. Now Popelka brings the 1909 masterpiece to Oslo, the city where he has previously conducted two opera projects and has been celebrated for his success in his role as a chief conductor of Norwegian Radio Orchestra since 2020.

Petr has built an impressive conducting career within the last three years, conducting top orchestras such as Gewandhausorchester, Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden and Bamberger Symphoniker, to name but a few. His latest opera project was an acclaimed new production of Shostakovich’s Nose at the Semperoper in the summer of 2022.